24 Issey Miyake (Tokyo, Japan)
Count on Japanese designer Nendo to pack the punch with his contemporary, minimal designs. Drawing from the design and aesthetic of Japanese convenience stores, his restrained sensibilities work well to emphasize the power of the product, while at the same time emphasize innovative and creative design solutions.
BAPE (Los Angeles, USA)
Japanese street wear brand BAPE makes kills it with their ultra-futuristic Melrose Avenue location in downtown Los Angeles. This corner store makes a huge presence on the strip, with a brightly lit interior, neon tubing, and a dramatic 4.5 meter high glass cylinder in the centre of the space, featuring a rotating sneaker conveyer belt.
Barbie (Shanghai, China)
Slade Architecture tackles the 35,000 square foot Barbie Flagship Store for Mattel with all the drama and character you would expect in this temple dedicated to the world’s most famous diva. Unapologetic feminine and expression of Barbie’s dynamic fashion forward sensibilities, the store’s feature is the spiral staircase enclosed by 800 different Barbie Dolls, encasing the viewer like the doll itself.
Brown Thomas (Dublin, Ireland)
Toronto firm Burdifilek explores luxury on a modern level with their design for the Brown Thomas Flagship Store in Dublin. Bringing a progressive sensibility to the luxury retail experience, Burdifilek combines exclusive custom furnishings, unexpected material choices, bold colour and form to conceptualize high end shopping for the 21st Century.
United Nude (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Rem Koolhaas tackles the United Nude Flagship Store with all the gusto and moxie the world has come to expect from the famed Dutch architect. This time, designing for his own brand of shoes, the architect presents The Wall of Light. Apart from spanning walls of LED light to showcase the product, shoppers are literally left in the dark.